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It is usually educating for me to watch the television channels that focus on nature, especially animals in the wild. We learn how they are able to grow in their environment, adapt to the environment and if necessary move away from their habitat when the actions of man has caused a disaster. In a certain documentary I watched, I noticed – as was explained by the presenter - that days before the impact of a Tsunami or earthquake, the animals all moved away in their numbers. In some instances, the way they rushed passed the neighbouring towns and villages, gave the hunters and those who can study the animals the warning that nature was about to unleash a violent response to man’s action. When man had disturbed the environment selfishly by building across water channels and the likes, nature responds with venom that man cannot curtail.

A critical review of man and the animal kingdom has become necessary. Man has continued to harm the environment to the detriment of every living thing including man. Man dumps refuse in the rivers and lakes only to go fishing further down the river. Man releases toxic waste into the water bodies and expect that the aquatic life will continue to give healthy food for survival. Man embarks on active deforestation but cry out when temperature rises and carbon dioxide becomes excessive because we now have fewer plants to mop them up naturally. Man extracts minerals and natural resources excessively but shudders when the result of earthquakes are announced. Basically, we orchestrate a grand plan of self centred actions that end up with retrogressive effects.

In Merit Mixed Secondary School, Sapele, we teach our students how to build rather than destroy; how to plant; how to build bridges and mend fences; how to be respectful and responsible. We have even tried to show them how to study their environment and find meaningful ways of impacting it. For those who have graduated from Merit Mixed Secondary School, they have the ability to study their options and take the most responsible action. In Merit Mixed Secondary School, we skillfully prepare our students to be responsible young adults.


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